Jasminum or Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines. The name is derived from the Persian name, Yasameen. They are part of the Oleaceae family of plants. That is the Olive Family. This genus includes about 200 species. Most of the species in this genus are from tropical, sub-tropical, and warmer climates. They generally have fragrant flowers. But not all species are fragrant. They are either deciduous or evergreen vines or shrubs. They love full sun or partial shade, and regular watering.
The leaves are generally simple, trifoliate or pinnate. The flowers are usually white or yellow. They grow as cymose clusters. Flowers usually have 4 to 9 petals. Stamens are very short. The bracts are ovate sometimes linear.
Jasminum genus is further divided into 5 section:
Some of the species include Jasminuum floridum an evergreen with yellow scentless flowers that usually bloom in spring, summer, or fall. Jasminum magnificum, a fragrant evergreen vine with white flowers on the outside and purple inside. Jasminum officinale or common white jasmine is a deciduous variety with small white flowers.